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NPR's weekend shows will have plenty of news as Israel prepares for a possible ground invasion of southern Lebanon in its quest to disable Hezbollah. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will arrive in the Middle East on Sunday.

Other stories we'll be tracking:

· The National Guard is evacuating residents of St. Louis who are sweltering without electricity after a powerful summer storm hit the city a few days ago. Cheryl Corley will have a report for Weekend All Things Considered.

· On the lighter side, reporter Brian Mann visits a town in rural upstate New York where volunteers are keeping the Star Trek faith. They have written and filmed three episodes, finding some surprising sources of funding along the way.

· On Weekend All Things Considered, host Debbie Elliott interviews Moe Denham, Nashville master of the Hammond B3 organ. Denham has eight of them and each has a story, including the one he hid behind during a shootout.

· There's music, too, on Weekend Edition Sunday. Substitute host and White House correspondent Don Gonyea speaks with singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. He's back on the road after being struck with Hepatitis C. Escovedo's new CD is called The Boxing Mirror.

· Don also gives the inside skinny on White House pool reports. These are the summaries of the president's daily activities filed by a rotating group of reporters.

· And on Weekend Edition Saturday, host Scott Simon discovers there's a place online where people can publish those manuscripts that were rejected by The New Yorker.

Speaking of finding a home online, Mixed Signals graciously provided me with this real estate for an enjoyable week. I'm passing the host's chair on to versatile national editor Cindy Johnston, who'll be here bright and early Monday.

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